Police watchdog clears RCMP of wrongdoing in 2016 death of 18-year-old woman in custody

B.C.'s police watchdog has cleared Port Alberni RCMP of any wrongdoing in connection with an 18-year-old woman who died in 2016 after a night in police custody.

Jocelyn George, a mother of two, was in custody when she was found in medical distress at the Port Alberni RCMP detachment on June 24, 2016.

George was transported from the detachment to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria where she died of "drug induced myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) due to the toxic effects of methamphetamine and cocaine," according to a report from the Independent Investigation Office (IIO).

George was taken into custody on the morning of June 23, 2016 for being intoxicated in a public space. She was released that afternoon but was taken back into custody that evening after a relative, concerned for her wellbeing, called police.

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